When I returned home from my 8-day meditation retreat back in early June, I was in a state of peace and total connection to the Universe. I felt so good, so joyful, and so comfortable in my own skin that a part of me felt like I had been body-snatched. It was surreal to experience so much of life without the filter of anxiety (and accompanying self-doubt -> fear - > self-loathing). I was cooking, exercising, and loving myself without having to work at it or think about it. It just…was.